I've been doing hair and makeup (photography came much later) ever since I was a little girl. Barbie was my first and only client for many, many years. Soon thereafter, and as if they had a choice, my mother and sister would let me burn their hair and beat their faces. When I was about 9 years old my mother got me into modeling. I learned quickly what the phrase "Hurry up and wait" meant so I decided to take advantage and learn everything I could from the hair and makeup people.
By the time I got into middle school, I was doing hair and makeup for all of my friend's formal occasions. Needless to say, homecoming and prom pictures were the first prints in my portfolio.
When I got into high school modeling picked up for me but things didn't really go into full gear until college. I loved the fashion industry so much that it didn't matter to me how I was involved. I just wanted to be in it. So I made a deal with my agency to hire me to do hair and makeup for them if I didn't book a job. Soon I was teaching hair and skin care to all of my agency mates.
From there, I was hired to be my agent's assistant and then I went on to be my agency's booking agent. It was great but I realized I needed more. A year later I founded my own talent agency which became very successful. Five years into it, I realized that the business was running me and not the other way around. I wanted freedom so I decided to reevaluate my life and figure out what makes me the happiest. Sure enough, it was hair and makeup.
For a while, I was doing "regular" fashion hair and makeup but I realized I wasn't getting the rush from it that I used to. So one day, while working for a client, I decided I was going to do what I wanted to do and I simply went crazy. My client was extremely upset and never worked with me again but it was worth the risk. That day I found my passion and changed my game.
Soon thereafter, I delved head first into photography. Photography was always so intimidating to me but I decided to go for it anyway. Now I've included an addition to my passion for fashion as well as an even greater respect for the photographers I've worked with. I've worn all the hats: model, hair & makeup person, wardrobe stylist, and now, photographer. The respect I have for all parties involved in a shoot, or just fashion as a whole, is immense. I hope you stick around to watch me grow.